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Jonathan Haidt, PhD
Moderated by Dr. Shashank Joshi


Tues, March 5; 7-8:15pm PT (Livestream)

Studies report soaring rates of teen and childhood depression and anxiety beginning prior to the pandemic and exacerbated by Covid. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt researches the factors leading to this alarming trend and observes the rise of iPhone and social media use by children and teens parallels a mental health decline. He shows how ever-present technology has changed the nature of childhood and adolescence impacting neurological, emotional, social and cognitive health, and discusses opportunities to nurture youth mental health and cultivate purpose (beyond putting the phone down) amid the challenges kids face today.

About Our Speakers


Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. 

Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultural and political divisions. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis (2006) and of the New York Times bestsellers The Righteous Mind (2012) and The Coddling of the American Mind (2018, with Greg Lukianoff). He has given four TED talks. In 2019 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2018 he has been studying the contributions of social media to the decline of teen mental health and the rise of political dysfunction. His next book is The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. It will be published March 26, 2024.

Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP is Professor and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Wellbeing at Stanford University. He serves as Director of School Mental Health and Director of combined training in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for Stanford Children’s Health. 


Dr. Joshi trained as both a pediatrician and psychiatrist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx. He is a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California, and he serves on the advisory boards of the Jed Foundation and the National Center on School Mental Health. 


Dr. Joshi's publications focus on interprofessional collaboration, cultural aspects of pediatric health, wellbeing promotion in youth and young adults, and suicide prevention in school settings. He is the lead author of the K12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention used by the California Department of Education. His current book, Thinking About Prescribing: The Psychology of Psychopharmacology with Diverse Youth & Families (American Psychiatric Press 2022), examines the relational and psychotherapeutic aspects of medication treatment.

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